Farewell 2017, you will not be forgotten. Hello 2018, what now?

December 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I just re-read my 2017 post and this could say almost the same thing. The big changes this year were the addition of a granddaughter, my husband retired, and we lost a couple of good friends. These life changes will be felt for many years to come.

This year I really upped my game at birding. I added to my life list and can id many more birds by sight and sound. I didn't do as much hiking and camping as in past years, but I am quite happy with that. I might do more B&B's next year. I want to focus more on art and creative projects, but I will have to see how 2018 proceeds.  I am sure to continue enjoying birds, insects, spiders, and all that nature will show me.

A recap of 2017


  •   250 volunteer hours (Citizen Science, Interpretation, Program Support )
  •   304 bird species for the year,  276 in LA County - eBird rank 21 in LA County
  •  over 2,500 observations, 750 species, 4,400 identifications logged in iNaturalist:  iNat stats


  • Oak identification
  • Botanical Illustration at Joshua Tree
  • Colored Pencil Botanical Illustration

Some of the things I did:

  • Presented at an information table on Nature Journaling at the Nature Center
  • Co-led a Spider and invertebrate walk
  • Gave a talk on common yard birds and creating habitat to the Long Beach Garden Club
  • Licensed a few photos to the Museum of Natural History for use in an upcoming book
  • Participated in an Inverebrate Bioblitz at Tejon Ranch with the Conservancy and the Lorquin Entomological Society
  • Participated in a nighttime Mammal Survey at Seal Beach NWR
  • Participated in monthly butterfly survey with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy
  • Participated n several Black-lighting Events with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy
  • Participated in monthly bird survey at Rancho Los Cerritos
  • Participated in monthly bird survey at Los Cerritos Wetlands with Sea and Sage Audubon
  • Served as secretary of the Lorquin Entomological Society
  • Volunteered as a Trail Steward for El Dorado Nature Center

Some of my favorite places I went:

  • Devon England
  • Santa Susana Field Lab: It was quite fascinating and I never new it existed.
  • Tule Elk Staute Natural Reserve
  • Pelagic trips/Whale watching trips
  • Joshua Tree NP always
  • Morro Bay watching sea otters
  • Piute Ponds
  • Sycamore Canyon
  • Deforest Park for warblers
  • West Fork San Gabriel River for butterflies
  • Chilao and Buckhorn Campground
  • Antelope Valley for raptors
  • St. Andrews Abbey for sapsuckers
  • Oak Canyon
  • El Dorado Park


Wishing you much happiness, peace, and nature in 2018!


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